By Martin Gilbert

"The Allied landings in 1944 had all of the customers for catastrophe. Churchill idea he will be woken as much as learn of big casualties. Eisenhower ready a somber broadcast asserting that the firm had failed.

The specter of failure used to be constantly current. After a failed touchdown the Nazi regime might have regained the ascendant. New, terrifying bombs and rockets have been able to be introduced. Long-distance submarines have been within the ultimate degree of improvement. The final million Jews of Europe have been indexed for deportation and death.

Failure at Normandy may have given Hitler the opportunity of constant to rule western Europe, really if the U.S., bloodied and defeated in Normandy, had decided-after and a part years of concentrating on Europe-to flip all its energies to the ever-growing calls for of the Pacific, leaving Europe to its personal units. Had that occurred, I doubt if i might were alive to write down this booklet, or loose to specific my critiques with no worry of arrest."
--Martin Gilbert

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I ran up the steps, knocked on the door, and said: “Please come out, we’re friends. S. ” After a while they came out, and I explained what we were doing. We stayed to have a Coca-Cola, and then 35 First Organizations left. I even took the owner of the mule and buckboard down the road to catch up with them, as the mule had bolted during all the commotion. ■ ■ ■ The 1st Marine Division commander, Maj. Gen. Alexander A. Vandegrift, authorized a ninety-six-hour pass for everybody after the maneuver and offered his congratulations.

I was shaking with excitement. I remember thinking that if the Japanese could have seen the reaction they had prompted, they would regret what they had done. We took the girls to the station and learned more while listening to the radio on the way back to camp. Pearl Harbor and the Philippines both had been attacked. We were at war. The other guys in the division did not get to go on their ninety-six-hour liberty, after all. The attitude expressed at the first company formation the next day was prevalent throughout the United States.

He was a career marine from Maine—tall, wiry, thirty-five years old, and very salty. He did not take anything from any of the men, but they respected his know-how. He could be very sarcastic, and did not like lieutenants, but he apparently saw something in me. Under his direction, the platoon was always snappy in appearance and he ran it strictly. I had him for almost four months before he became the company first sergeant. After this brief period of “growing up,” I was ready for a tougher assignment, such as being the officer in charge of the slow troop train to New River, North Carolina, when the Division Special Troops moved there from Quantico to unite with the rest of the 1st Marine Division.

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